READ : Ephesians 5:8-20
“. . . Giving thanks to God the Father at all times, and for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (v. 20).
In the first church my husband pastored, he often visited a widow who had experienced incredible pain and loss. Six of her seven children had died but she always spoke of God’s goodness to her.
Later, when we were the young parents of four little boys, one with brain damage, our lives were harried and sometimes filled with stress. We needed our friend’s thankful spirit. One day during our family devotions we talked about the shout of victory in Revelation: “Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty Reigns!” (Rev. 19:6). We decided that whenever opportunities to complain and feel sorry for ourselves occurred, we would “say it.” And that meant that we would declare the Hallelujah verse.
When we give thanks every day for everything, we raise our hallelujahs to the Lord. We focus on the good things in our lives and affirm the great loving providence of God. We do not ignore pain in our lives, but we declare that in all things God is working for our good. We experience His healing perspective when we praise God. Life is difficult, but as we accept that fact, we can get on with our lives by living with thankful and praising hearts.
“Great God, how infinite art thou! How poor and weak are we! Let the whole race of creatures bow, And pay their praise to Thee.” In Jesus’ name. Amen.